Welcome to Shell Games Blog!

My most recent post: Final Fantasy VIII: A Subdued Junction

Hello, and welcome to my blog, where I share my thoughts on games, design, theory and more! I am a lifelong gamer, with an educational background in Sociology and Comparative Literature. As such, I tend to critique games by asking how well they tell their story (if they have one), how the game impacts (or is impacted) by gaming culture, and how those things are affected by society at large. Of course, I understand that is all a bit dry for a lot of people (and at times pretentious!) so I try to avoid rambling too much and at minimum tell the reader what they likely care about the most: if the game is any good.

Check the menu on the top right to see what I’ve posted recently, or check the one on the left to look through categorized work.

Many of my entries are games available on Steam, but I have plans to venture beyond that limitation in the future, as ultimately I want to talk about all the games I like, not just the ones on my PC. Most of the games I cover are also indie games, but I want to take the plunge into some games by bigger developers as well.

Here are some places to start:

These are a couple of my favorite/most popular posts:
Video Games: Pro-FUN-dity
The Opposite of Vulgarity
A Reflection on Video Games and Emotion
So the Drama – Chrono Trigger and Dramatic Direction

These are part of my continued review series on dragons:
Valiant Resurrection Review
DRAGON: A Game About a Dragon
Choice of the Dragon Review
Dragon’s Wake Review

These are an accidental series I did on a game designer named David Szymanski (in order of my reviewing them):
The Music Machine
The Moon Sliver Review
A Wolf in Autumn Review and Analysis
Fingerbones Review and Analysis

Finally, I consider this blog a place for me to practice my writing, a way for me to hone my reviewing capabilities and maybe do something with them in the future. Constructive criticism is always welcome, and I also enjoy people sharing their own opinions. With all of that said, I just want to thank you again for visiting my site, and I hope you enjoy your time here.